Lawyer fights NY casino referendum

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October 8, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state Board of Elections says it won't comment on a claim by a lawyer challenging the rewording of New York's casino referendum who says the state violated the law by making the changes in secret.

Eric Snyder tells The Associated Press that a transcript of a July meeting of the Board of Elections doesn't show a required vote to alter the referendum's language to mention promises of jobs, tax breaks and school aid. Critics say that creates an impression of the proposal that's too rosy.

As part of a lawsuit against the changes, he obtained the transcript showing they were instead made by telephone.

The state Open Meetings Law prohibits votes by telephone.

Newspaper editorial writers say the rewrite will dupe voters into approving Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal.

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